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State cars to go green

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Virginia has finished contractual agreements with two private fuel companies to convert Virginia’s state vehicle fleet to alternative fuels.

Virginia chose California-based Clean Energy and Mississippi-based Blossman Gas, which has locations in Virginia, from 14 companies that responded to a solicitation for a public-private partnership to convert Virginia’s vehicles.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia owns thousands of vehicles powered primarily by gasoline or diesel fuels blended from foreign oil,” Gov.  Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “In addition to reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of oil, a transition to natural gas and propane vehicles will also reduce emissions.”

Virginia also has entered a memorandum of understanding with 22 other states to work with vehicle manufacturers to drive down the costs of alternative fuel vehicles.

Clean Energy will build at least six new natural gas filling stations around Virginia, while Blossman Gas will develop seven propane stations. The contract also can cover localities and transit authorities across the state to convert their fleets. Additional refueling stations will be built based on increasing demand.

The executive directive sets out steps that state agencies can take to use these contracts to convert state vehicles to alternative fuel whenever practical. The multistate coalition, led by Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, is designed to leverage purchase power for alternative fuel vehicles and to expand the market for natural gas.

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